MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized approximately four pounds of cocaine concealed in two bags of coffee last month. The cocaine was being sent in a package from Peru and destined to an address in New Jersey.
CBP officers selected the package for further examination and noticed anomalies on the X-ray screen. Physical inspection of two bags of coffee grounds revealed several clumps that tested positive for cocaine. A total weight of 4.1 pounds was seized and all evidence was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“We’re extremely proud of our CBP officers and their ability to detect and seize narcotics,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. "They remain dedicated to protecting the American people from dangerous drugs.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the lead agency for preventing drug trafficking through airports, seaports, and land ports of entry and plays a significant role in the national drug control strategy. On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized over 10,000 pounds of drugs.
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international passengers and cargo, and searches for terrorist weapons, illicit narcotics, unreported currency, counterfeit merchandise, and prohibited agriculture and other products.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.